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In most churches, we distinguish between the laity and the clergy. The
clergy are the ministers, while the laity are the objects of their ministry.
Lighthouse Baptist Church doesn't make that distinction. We believe every
member is a minister. Where do we get that belief? I'm glad you asked.
We get it from the Bible.
The Greek word for laity is laikoi. Clement, an early Church
Father, uses it in the following context: "And indeed he entirely approves
of the man who is husband of one wife, whether he be presbyter, deacon,
or layman, if he conducts his marriage unblamably." (Italics added.)
But the New Testament never uses the word.
The Holy Spirit guided the authors of the New Testament to use the inclusive
word laos rather than the exclusive word laikoi. Laos,
which means "the people of God" is the Biblical word used to refer to the
masses in the New Testament Church. "Laos = the Christian Community
. . . specific national sense for the Christian Community."
This word is not a synonym for the English term "lay person." It does
not contrast the clergy (qualified) with the laymen (unqualified). Rather,
it is an inclusive term denoting the Christian community.
All believers are part of the laos, and all church members are
ministers. The distinction is the responsibility pastors have to equip
the other ministers.
Ephesians 4:11-12 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and
some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting
of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body
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that corresponds to this devotional.
For more information on the Ministry of the Laity, Read The
Boomerang Mandate by Jim Wilson & Tom Stringfellow.